Recently in a thread here about how om binds our dna it opened up a train of thought for me that led me to want to share with you what we could be
missing by not going to church. Aside from the sermon that time to time we need but can often find for ourselves there is a very important aspect of
the service that we need.
It is the power of song. I submit to you that the older hymns were written in a way that projects well being into our souls via sound waves set up in
a special manner that has ben hidden. Do i have proof? Only in my heart. However i felt that since the majority of real folks have been forced from
the church by various means i thought it may be important to remind all that not only did you leave what you would call bs behind that maybe you also
left a very important jewel among the piles. I have the feeling the oldies are the ones that count.
I won't argue that music uplifts your soul and makes you feel better, energized for the week ahead.
However, the last time I went to church, they passed the plate first, sang nine songs, Pastor told three jokes, and pulled only one verse from the
whole Bible. I was not impressed. He wasn't teaching and passing the tithe plate before he spoke one word from the Bible, very full of himself.
I'm Christian, but I learned nothing that day but not to return to that church.
It is not hard to imagine that there was a purpose for gathering besides politics and donating. I can see how getting relief for ones soul through
song prayer and worship has been hijacked by man. My point is that maybe we could find the roots of gathering again and make it about that. Not about
the building but the sound of the ones gathered. Something tells me that no matter who you are part of you wants to hear those sweet sounds coming
from your heart again. The good news is that all it takes is the will to begin singing. I think the biggest misconception that most of us have very
much including myself is that my sound stinks and no one would want to hear it. That is just thoughts coming from the one that wants you to fail at
everything. No fonder memories come to mind than that of being a child and hearing those melodies being hummed unknowingly by elders.
I have a strong feeling that along with sound we will find that certain diets will also aid in the search for spiritual peace. Perhaps some unknown
foods also aid in longevity. This may be found in other rituals of the church. maybe hidden in some mundane holiday or forgotten feast.
a reply to: deadeyedick
This is just a guess, but I think we connect with music emotionally because we search our spirit for that intuitive / spiritual insight while hearing
unfamilar sounds. It is then a spiritual / will connection we make with whatever we attribute to the source of the "feels".
Listen to the following song: At first it gave me an unnerving feeling until I heard the "aahh" sound which I intrepreted as stress releaving and
relaxing. From there, I was able to make a spiritual connection and feel the spirit within the music, which became joyful / peaceful / inviting.
And the sounds he was making are not words that describe matter, but are more a long the lines of tones that describe "emotions" - in the same way
that inflection or tone can add emotional expression to speech.
I think hymns can be effective at drawing you closer to God by causing you to attach the emotions felt, while hearing/singing them, to God, but no
word, such as Om, would actually have power more so than any other word. What would have, and be the cause of, said power would be completely reliant
on the spirit you manifest when uttering the word(s)/sound(s). So I'm sure Om is no better or worse than Be or Gogo gadget helicopter hat, and it is
instead the spirit bywhich the sound is manifest, which makes the difference.
What does the spirit of creation / manifestation sound like? Probably whatever the soul wants to see / hear / image it as.
Just a guess.
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Music has such wonderful power on the human psyche. Despite not being religious, I find something truly uplifting in gospel music, as well as forms
more familiar to me such as trance and bluegrass.
We have a weekly bluegrass jam in our town, at the local pub, and we joke about it being "church" for this reason.
I spent many years going to raves (early years) and always felt there was a huge connection with the divine in the music and philosophy. Of course,
people wacked out on drugs can often miss the point but I knew masses of chemical free people who went for the uplifting effects of long hours of
dance and meditative moods brought on by the music. The event names were often of a spiritual nature too.
I suspect something pretty fundamental is being tickled by spiritual music of all genres and would love to see science explore this more.
That's funny you would post this. I went to a church up the road one time and thought it was Ok as far as the sermon went, but all they played was
that modern music and I just can't stand it. I found out then that I much prefer the old hymns. I never really thought about why but your theory
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